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Distribution is the process by which a film is released to audiences; by a distributor renting films to a cinema, the creation and sale of home media such as DVD, through broadcast television or via online streaming or download services.

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What's with the trend of releasing movies outside the US first?

A recent trend that I've noticed (or I'm just crazy and need to delete this question) is to release a major film outside of the U.S. first, even if it's a Hollywood film. Usually a week or so later ...
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Was Edge of Tomorrow deliberately released around D-Day?

Seeing that the opening (and repeating and repeating...) battle of Edge of Tomorrow is in fact a final huge offensive of basically all the united forces of the free world against their biggest threat, ...
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What format do movie theaters now use?

I know that in earlier times, feature films were distributed on large format tape, and these were what were distributed to theaters for showing. A given feature film would have several reels. The ...
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What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?

There has been a bit of controversy lately over the release of Tarantino's Hateful Eight movie. As I understand it, the movie was scheduled to play in a particular theater in Los Angeles that plays ...
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How are digital movies sent to a movie theater?

For many years, movies were stored on rolls of film that were physically mailed to theaters. Now, most theaters project their movies digitally. But how are these digital movies sent to the theater? ...
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Why do broadcasters have a mid-season break in TV season?

There seems to be a three way split in the broadcasting industry between Streaming providers who provide instant access to all episodes of a series Broadcasters who maintain a constant schedule of ...
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Subtitling vs. dubbing and vice versa

What are the benefits for viewers of subtitling over dubbing -or- dubbing over subtitling foreign TV and film? I've noticed some media will opt for subtitles, while others will opt to dub. There ...
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Which is technically visually of higher quality - 70mm without IMAX or IMAX without 70mm?

In my local movie theater, I have three ways of seeing Christopher Nolan's movie Dunkirk: IMAX without 70mm, 70mm without IMAX, and regular. Obviously the regular option is inferior to the other two, ...
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How do they decide Blu-ray/DVD release date?

I think my question is different from this. Some movies' productions release Blu-ray/DVD so early after theatrical release, others will take time. How do they decide for the Blu-ray/DVD release date?
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How do streaming services earn money?

Netflix and Prime are (I think) the two leading competitors in streaming services. Both services are releasing original movies and shows which are exclusively available in their platform. But what's ...
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IMAX DMR vs 35mm film

I am planning to watch Interstellar, but I'm wondering which version I should watch. It has been released on a wide variety of media, among them classic 35mm film and IMAX. So I'm not sure if I should ...
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What is the longest aired episode of a TV series?

It has been rumored that every episode of Season 8 of Game Of Thrones could be ninety minutes long - making each episode comparable with the running time of full-length feature films. It seems very ...
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Is Amazon Videos a profitable business and how? [closed]

A great number of shows and series are available "freely" to subscribers of services like Amazon Prime, etc. Among these shows, many seem to have been produced exclusively for this platform, and even ...
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What is satellite rights in Indian Movie Industry?

What does "Satellite Rights" mean in the Indian film industry? And how is the amount paid to the film owners by a TV channel as "satellite right" decided?
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How do studios decide which movie (classic) to release on Blu-ray?

Consider the examples of The Odessa File (1974) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). They are both classics based on novels by Frederick Forsyth and released at around the same time. The Day of the ...
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PBS vs. BBC “Civilizations”

I recently purchased the BBC's Civilizations from iTunes and discovered to my Anglophilic shock that it has an American narrator. Does the original BBC version also have an American narrator, and if ...
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Why is international distribution so tangled even for recent movies released first online?

The iTunes trailer for John Dies at the End proclaims that it will be available online, "everywhere" from december 2012 before its cinema release in January 2013. Of course by "everywhere" they mean ...
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On their U.S. release date, what time of day are movies first shown?

When a date is provided for a US release, does it mean it will be released first thing that morning (matinee) or evening?
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How are movies distributed internationally?

How is a movie, for example a Hollywood movie that is produced in USA make it across the globe? In what form of storage device and who has the responsibility of physically transferring the movie from ...
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How is it decided whether or not a TV show will censor its swearing?

I was watching Deadpool the other night on FX. There's a lot of vulgar language in the movie. However, it was uncensored. Some movies or shows on TV censor their profanity, while others don't. How ...
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Why does the Underworld team release their movies exactly with 3 years gaps?

The Underworld movies have been released 3 years apart each: Underworld - 2003 Underworld: Evolution - 2006 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - 2009 Underworld: Awakening - 2012 You can see that each ...
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How can digital projectors play 35mm movies?

Here I saw a question with a user claiming that so many movies are still shot with 35MM analog film. Now if projectors at theaters became digital then how can digital projectors play these 35mm ...